Goa Tour Packages

The cuisine of Goa is an extraordinary amalgamation of Portuguese and local sensibilities, mainly those of the Saraswat Hindus. The lengthy period of Portuguese rule, besides that of the Muslim and Hindu kingdoms, has left an ineradicable influence on the novel approach of Goan cooking and this has led to an interesting mix of tasty and spicy cuisine.

The staple diet of Goa is fish curry and rice. Unlike the rest of India, most Hindus in Goa eat fish. In the monsoons, when no fresh fish is available, most Goans have very long faces.The other favorite dish is pork, although chicken is a close second. In Goa like many other places in the world, alcohol, for some, is a major problem. The main cause of which is FENI. This is the local drink in Goa, made from either coconut sap or cashew fruit.

Few of the famous Goan Cuisine preparations are Feni, Bebinca, Xacutti, Ambottik, Fish Caldine, Prawns taipei, Sprouted moong ussal. Goan food is simple but most of it is chili hot, spicy, and pungent.

Goans prepare different foods for different occasions – daily consumption, festive (religious and non-religious) occasions, food for the gods, rituals, ancestors, and according to the season. Food for daily consumption consists of rice, curry, fish/vegetables and pickles depending on the economic status. Goans are basically non-vegetarian. Fish is an important item of their diet. But Hindus, unlike their Christian counterparts, are usually vegetarian and do not consume fish and meat (chicken and mutton) during religious festivals.

Fishing in Goa is one of the most sought after activities as it involves a lot of excitement and adventure being in the blue waters of the Arabian Sea under the clear blue sky.

Blessed with plenty of beaches, Goa is the ideal place to try out fishing. Imagine the pride and the winning smile on your face when you come back holding a couple of fishes and proclaiming it as your prized catch! Sounds like fun? You guessed it right. Angling sport is a great experience and definitely a de-stressor for your tired mind. Just head out with your friends or even alone with a fishing rod and some bait and just relax as wait for a curious fish to eat the bait.

Angling or fishing in Goa can be enjoyed at various spots like the Agonda beach, Vagator beach, Chapora River etc. There are also many estuaries in the state and one can even try it out in the rivers all along the Goa coast line. While angling in Goa one will come across many interesting varieties of fish. These include Soormai, Salmon, Mullet, Ladyfish or catfish, Rockfish, Stingray, Guitarfish, the local Barramundi and many more. The best time for angling is considered to be October to May.

Goa has a number of rivers where the angling sport can be enjoyed. Since these areas are low-lying the best fishing time would be at the top of the high tide or just before it. Here one often catches some Ladyfish or Catfish but some are lucky enough to get the local Barramundi at times.

Goa governor S.S. Sidhu Wednesday said that the promotion of Goa as a tourist destination should go beyond its beaches.

Speaking at the Republic Day parade here, Sidhu said that diversification of Goa’s tourism portfolio was key to the state’s economic prosperity.

‘Ninety percent of tourism in Goa has been beach-based. Apart from maintaining our edge in this regard, it is equally important to initiate the process of diversification of tourism,’ Sidhu said.

The governor said that the state government should avail of central government schemes which encouraged the development of alternative tourism avenues like eco-tourism, adventure tourism, back water and heritage tourism. Sidhu said Goa has a lot of scope for these avenues.

Speaking about the expansion of Goa’s existing airport at Dabolim, Sidhu said that the upgradation and expansion of the airport would be done by mid-2012, and added that construction of Goa’s second international airport, a greenfield project at Mopa, in north Goa, some 50 km from here, would take half a decade more.

‘Keeping in view the fast growth of civil aviation and the estimated increase in passenger and cargo tariff in the coming years as well as requirement of general aviation, the urgency to pursue the construction of greenfield international airport at Mopa cannot be over-emphasised,’ Sidhu said.

Courtesy: sify.com

Despite Europe’s travel itineraries freezing up due to an intense cold wave, Goa’s tourism prospects luckily continue to bask in the mild winter sun here.

Travel and tourism industry stakeholders here say the European chill has not affected the Goa market much and also that the domestic tourist has helped tide over the tourist season, which lasts from October to March.

“The bad weather in Europe has not hampered tourist arrivals into Goa in any way. None of the charter or regular flights have been cancelled or re-scheduled so far,” Director of Tourism Swapnil Naik told IANS.

“Goa is expecting close to 750 charter flights from parts of Europe this tourist season,” he added.

Ralph de Souza, a spokesperson for the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), said there was not a single instance of the cold wave in Europe cancelling charter flights which ferry thousands of tourists from Britain and Russia to Goa.

“Not a single flight arriving into Goa has been cancelled so far due to the cold wave experienced in Europe. A few flights were delayed, the maximum delay being five hours at the most, but every single flight scheduled to arrive into Goa landed,” Ralph de Souza said.

“There have been no cancellations or rescheduling of charter flights from Europe,” he added.

Hotel owners in the State claim that while foreign tourists are significant to the success of tourism in the State, domestic tourists were flocking to Goa’s tourism party.

“Our occupancy has dropped a little due to a decline in foreign tourists this year. However, there has been a simultaneous increase in domestic tourist arrivals,” said Sales and Marketing General Manager Benedict D’Souza of Resort Rio located in Arpora.

Courtesy:www.thehindu.com

Goa, an abode of scenic breathtaking beauty is a small paradise located in India. It is squeezed between the blue seas and the lush forested hills that surround it. It offers soft glistening golden sands, swaying coconut palms, serene surroundings, blue waters and fresh seafood. It is rated among the finest and the best beach destinations in the world, It annually draws a large number of tourists.

Goa is located the west konkan coast of India and is truly a holidaymaker’s paradise. Your Goa Tours will involve exploring sensuous beaches,historic churches and historical forts that have kept the legacy of Portuguese alive till today. Travel to Goa, to explore the beauty of this exotic paradise.Your stay in Goa will definitely add some golden unforgettable moments to your holiday and make it truly special.

Goa is for India what Bahamas is for the US, Goa is an endearing destination of holiday makers in India. It is an important stop for foreign tourists visiting India. The real charm of Goa lies in its beaches that is a mix bag of serene beauty, excellent Goan cuisines and swaying palm trees. Goa beaches are an abode of sensuality and adventure. Of 125 km of marvelous coastline, the Goa sand beaches cover about 83 km. The exclusive tour packages to Goa facilitate the exploration of the popular beaches along with comfortable stay at the Goa beach resorts. The beaches in Goa therefore are thronged by honeymooners and adventure tourists every year.

Goa has a rich local tradition with quaint peculiarities that are common to the Goan community. The mixed Portuguese flavor can be sensed in almost every walk of Goa’s life, from its architecture and music and dance, its language, fairs and festivals, to most evidently, on its cuisine.

Religion and culture are another name for India. Goa has a number of temples, Churches and Mosques. Referred to as the Rome of the East, Goa shelters some of the most spectacular Churches in the country. A multicultural state Goans are said to be peace loving people. Be it Catholics, Hindus or Muslims all Goans live in harmony with each other.

People of different religious make sure to enjoy themselves at the different festivals celebrated in Goa every year. The most popular festivals celebrated in Goa are Christmas, Easter, Ganesh Chaturthi, Easter, Sanvsar Pavdo, Shigmo and the Goa Carnival. Goa is also known for its New Year’s celebrations.

Goa, India’s second smallest state in terms of area is located on the west coast of India, in the region known as the Konkan, and is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and Karnataka to the east and south. The Arabian Sea bounds it to the west. Panaji is the state’s capital, and Vasco-da-Gama (Vasco) its largest town. Internationally renowned for its beaches, Goa is visited by hundreds of thousands of foreign and domestic tourists each year, and has become one of the most popular holiday destinations for European travellers.

Besides beaches, Goa is also known for its world heritage architecture including the Bom Jesus Basilica. Goa also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which are classified as a biodiversity hotspot.Goa is India’s richest state with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of the country as a whole, and one of its fastest growth rates.

Tourism is Goa’s primary industry: it handles 14% of all foreign tourist arrivals in India. Goa has two main tourist seasons: winter and summer. In the winter time, tourists from abroad (mainly Europe) come to Goa to enjoy the splendid climate. In the summertime (which, in Goa, is the rainy season), tourists come from across India come to spend the holidays. Tourism is generally focused on the coastal areas of Goa, with decreased tourist activity inland. In 2004 there were more than 2 million tourists reported to have visited Goa, 400,000 of which were from abroad. There are several reasons why tourists are visiting Goa in increasing numbers. First, because of the historical development of the area, the inhabitants of Goa are increasingly used to contact with foreigners. Additionally, a large portion of the Goanese people are Christians. This cultural heritage from the time of the Portuguese colonization makes the country somewhat more intimate to European or American people than the rest of the Indian subcontinent. Goan culture incorporates a very nonproblematic mix of Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.

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